There’s no doubt that iPhones are highly sought after gadget and are in the most wanted list of the majority of users and thieves!!.
Moreover, like the iPhone users, the modern time thieves are much updated and tech savvy. They are aware that a user can easily find his missing device by find my iPhone feature and hence the first thing that they turn off uses to be the ‘Find my iPhone’ feature.
What if I tell you that now you can track an iPhone even when it’s switched off.
Awesome, isn’t it? One of the latest patent applications filed by Apple explains a way how Apple is trying to implement it. Apple is trying to deliver the location information of your missing device even if it has been switched off.
You can check the patent yourself from this link. In the meantime, let us give you a quick summary of the patented technology that is making it possible to track your missing iPhone after it has been switched off.
How Apple can track an iPhone when it is off?
The first thing Apple is changing in the device is how it’s going to Shutdown. Apple is introducing a shutdown security code in the form of a pattern lock or fingerprint authentication.
This means if you want to shut down your iPhone you have to enter the correct security code. Failing to enter the correct code after a specified number of attempts will lead to the activation of the location tracking feature.
Once the location tracking feature is activated, the iPhone will appear to the user (read thief) to have gone into a switched off mode; however, it will be working and sending the location information.
It just appears to be switched off as it stops responding to all interactions to the user. I believe this makes this tracking feature more robust as this will avoid alerting the thief that the device is in touch with the owner.
Moreover, you have set the frequency with which the current location of your stolen iPhone will be transmitted from the settings.
Apart from that, you also have to specify about the communication channel (e.g., email, a text message, etc) on which you want to get the location of your missing iPhone.
For example, if you have used email, the location of your stolen device will be in the subject line of an email and it will be sent to an email address specified by you.
Not only this, the patent application says that the device camera will be taking pictures of thief and its surrounding (thief won’t know about it) and transmitting these images to the email address (or SMS) along with the location information.
Guess what, you will not only have the location information of your missing iPhone, but also how the thief looks like.
It seems to me that Apple is making the iPhone useless for thieves now. However, we feel that this feature would have many loopholes as well. Can you think of some?
Besides, Apple is also working on a smart alarm clock which can schedule you alarm time automatically as per your sleep by monitoring it.